Kelli and Mike's Disneymoon
After the wedding and reception we headed to Walt Disney World for 10 days for our honeymoon - enjoy the trip report and photos.
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Saturday, July 28, 2007
Our Met cake topper
and Disney cake cutter
|The wedding at St. Catharine's was beautiful and the reception
at the Polish Center was a blast - more than we could hope for. So many
people were dancing and having fun we went an extra hour.
The after party was at Fogarty’s in Bronxville. Kelli had one too many zinfandels.
Sunday, July 29
Kelli was not feeling well in the morning. But despite her hangover she was a trooper and made it to the plane.
Our 1:26 PM flight out of Westchester County Airport on AirTrans was delayed to 2:31 then furthered delayed by a local thunderstorm. Boy did it get crowded in that little waiting area! We finally boarded the plane at 3:16 PM and arrived at 5:55 PM. The flight was not bumpy at all. The pilots did a good job going around T-storms in the Virginias.
We tried to guess what wild bird we would first see – Kelli guessed Great Egret and I guessed Sandhill Crane. It was a Cattle Egret off the runway. We had four suitcases but lucked out with a very helpful porter who took our luggage all the way to the rental car (Budget- Ford Taurus).
There was no wait to check in at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside. We had our first surprise when Disney gave us a certificate congratulating us on our marriage. We were staying in the Acadia House and drove over and looked for our room, #8224. We looked and looked and ended up walking completely around and through Acadia House only to find our room overlooking our parked car!
Three gift baskets were waiting for Kelli in our room. The first was Mickey and Minnie Bride and groom 'ears' ( a Mickey top hat for me, a sequined Minnie headband with veil for Kelli) from Joan and Rich. I had sent her a “Romance Your Beauty” a unique Disney Florist arrangement of red roses in a Beauty and the Beast vase (Etched with the beast giving Belle a single rose).
The other basket was called Healthy and Happy – a Mickey shaped basket filled with fruit, crackers, cheese, mixed dried fruit box, pretzels, dipping mustard, power bars and water.
We had a late dinner at the Riverside Mills Food Court - Carved Turkey, Bacon double cheeseburger, two drinks, milk shake, and ice-cream.
We used the Disney Dining Plan. This gave us two counter services, two sit down dinners and two snacks for each nights stay. Cost was 29.99 plus tax per person per night - a great deal. We ended up eating $900 worth of food for $575.
Orleans Riverside Resort
Monday, July 30
We woke up early and headed for breakfast. On the walk over to the food court a very tame Northern Cardinal, Fish Crow and Eastern Towhee greeted us. It was about a five minute walk crossing two bridges on and off Ol’ Man Island where the main pool was.
Breakfast consisted of pancakes with sausage, bacon and fruit; French toast with sausage, bacon and fruit, coffee, 2 milks, and OJ. The dinning plan is feeding us well.
We ate in the turning shadows of the paddle wheel from the morning sun. Our plan was to enjoy Disney in a more relaxing pace and to try new things.
Our first stop, wearing our ears, was the Magic Kingdom (MK), by bus. Security had everyone applaud the newlyweds (us) at the check site. Then we received our "Just Married" buttons from City Hall on Main Street. These free buttons are also available for "First Visit", "Anniversary" and "Birthday."
We caught the “Dream-Along with Mickey” show in front of the castle - it was a nice way to start our Disney experience.
Our first Disney ride as a married couple was “it’s a small world”. It was a walk on. They gave us our own boat. We noticed that the park was empty for first hour and a half.
We had a 5 minute wait for Peter Pan’s Flight, and then did Mickey's PhilharMagic; Tomorrowland Transit Authority; Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress and then Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (we had lousy scores with Mike 59,400, Kelli 54,800)
We left the park at 12:45 pm to avoid the heat and crowds and for quick rest.
Later we left for the Contemporary Hotel at 3:45 for our Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) at Chef Mickey’s at 5. We first took bus to MK, then the monorail to the Contemporary. The monorail stops inside the hotel and it only took us only 30 minutes so we shopped in their gift shop.
Chef Mickey’s is Character Dinner Buffet for $69.70/for two. Chef Mickey, Goofy, Minnie, Donald Duck, and Pluto visited us at our table.
Great buffet food. The Tamarind Glazed Salmon, Mandarin Orange Glazed Baby Carrots, Parmesan Mashed Potatoes were awesome. Desserts were varied and good.
During the meal waiters brought out decorated cupcakes to tables celebrating events like our honeymoon and after making everyone wave their napkins and music playing - Chef Mickey personally came by to each table with the cupcake to mark the event. The characters were great and helped us pose for some great pictures.
After dinner we took the monorail all the way around back to the MK and did the new Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, both us enjoyed this new attraction. After that it was The Enchanted Tiki Room; Pirates of the Caribbean - all with short waits.
We saw Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks from the bridge from Tomorrow Land to the Castle with Tinker Belle flying right over us. This positioned us to jump on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin before the lines formed again. We had almost no wait (we did better with Mike 125,100, Kelli 149,800, yes she beat me!)We headed back to Port Orleans’s Resort. The bus dropped a tired Kelli off at the main building where she went shopping while I went back to the room by bus to get our refillable mugs and “New Yorked it” (fast walked) back to Kelli for a late night snack - Apple Pie and two scoops of ice cream.
Tuesday, July 31
For breakfast - I had the Bounty Platter and Kelli the Waffle with sausage bacon and fruit.
We headed by car to nearby Kissimmee to Lake Tohopekaliga Waterfront Park on Neptune Road for some birding. We found some rare Snail Kites, three adults and one juvenile, and two Limpkins. Both of these species were life birds for Kelli. We also saw two Wood Storks ( I tried to feed one but he just slowly walked away). Other birds included Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Eurasian Collared Dove, Osprey, White Ibis, Boat-tailed Grackle, Snowy and Great Egrets; Little Blue, Tri-colored and Black-crowned Night Herons.
We started t head back and the skies opened up just after we just got back into the car. We first stopped and shopped, in the pouring rain, at Target and the two Disney Outlets nearby.
After resting back at Port Orleans we took the bus to Magic Kingdom, shopped in the Christmas Store in Liberty Square and had dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern at 6 PM. “Goofy's Liberate Your Appetite Adult Character Dinner” featured Minnie, Pluto, Chip and Dale, and of course, Goofy. Food was very good and included - Declaration Salad: tossed mixed greens, served with strawberry vinaigrette dressing. Patriot's Platter: roasted turkey breast, carved beef, and smoked pork loin, with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb bread stuffing, and Stouffer's macaroni & cheese. ($67.70 for two.)
After dinner we saw the Country Bear Jamboree (Mike had never seen it!). In the path way outside, Great Egrets were surprisingly tame and were on top of the food carts looking for turkey leg scraps.
We left the Magic Kingdom and took the two monorails to over to Epcot. (Now we can say we were on all three monorail lines). We received our bracelets for extra magic hours and headed to The Seas with Nemo & Friends and rode a clam-mobile - a very cute new ride. Instead of seeing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth we did Soarin’ while the lines were low. The wait said 60 but we waited 30. We got front row seats, great ride! As we left, the line was much longer after IllumiNations and now was listed at 70 minutes and growing fast!
We did Living with the Land and "Honey, I Shrunk The Audience". I saw one lady pull her feet up onto her chair after the mice incident. At this point we were too tired and after a long wait for the bus got back at midnight.
Wednesday, August 1
We had a nice late start! We needed the rest. We headed for breakfast at 9:15. I had the made to order omelet, excellent; Kelli had cereal and Danish but paid cash for that.
We walked around the Alligator Bayou part of the resort and we fed some bread to some White Ibis and Common Moorhens with their chicks.
We played mini golf on the summer course at Winterland Summerland next to Blizzard Beach. Scores; Mike 46, Kelli 51; but I only had one hole-in-one while Kelli had three! I also just missed another one.
We did lunch back at the food court and split a double cheeseburger and chocolate cake.
We headed for Animal Kingdom and found a bench to watch Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade which neither of us has seen. It was very hot and we bought a fan/water sprayer. Then it was off to It's Tough to be a Bug. It was fun to watch people who were experiencing it for the first time.
Afterward we headed to Animal Kingdom Lodge by bus. I had my picture taken with the lodge greeter, Willi from Namibia, dressed in traditional robes. He asked me to e-mail the picture back to him along with a note on how our trip was. We walked around and relaxed in rocking chairs looking at the zebras, giraffes and other animals outside the rooms.
Then it was time for Jiko-The Cooking Place- a very fancy restaurant, costing us two dining credits each. It was well worth it.
The wait and kitchen staff gave us a card with wishes written in African languages. (One day we’ll get them translated.)
After diner we took the bus to Downtown Disney. The rain prevented us from taking the boat back so after looking around Goofy's Candy Co and Disney's Days Of Christmas we took the bus back to Port Orleans.
Thursday, August 2
| The day started off cloudy and not too
hot. After breakfast we headed to MGM Studios. The wait for the bus was
long and arrived at 9:30.
The Great Movie Ride had a very short wait, another first for Mike. There was a light rain now and we headed over to wait for Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage. We got there 40 minutes early and grabbed center row seats. The Dapper Dans Barbershop Quartet did a funny pre-show pretending to be maintenance people. The show was a nice Broadway type play.
After the beast I rode Star Tours while Kelli shopped. We then saw Muppet Vision 3-D; brought a Beaker plush toy for a friend at work; and viewed the museum on Walt Disney: One Man's Dream. We ate a snack for lunch, bagel and a cookie $4.33. It was still raining so we did some shopping on Hollywood Boulevard and more shopping back at Port Orleans. We then rested back in our room. Mouse keeping hadn't come yet so when the maid came by we just asked for towels.
Our dinner tonight was at the Coral Reef in Epcot. This was the best meal of the trip and easily the best dessert. They sat us on the lowest level next to the glass aquarium. Sharks, sea turtles, numerous fish and a few scuba divers sailed past us as we ate. Two of the divers signaled to us with thumbs up, congratulating us on our marriage.
We ordered drinks for the first time; The Abyss, and Reef Runner. Kelli had recovered from the wedding after party and was able to drink again!
Salad - Topped with Key lime-herb vinaigrette.
The Disney dining plan covered $93.33
The Reef gave us complementary champagne (but not as good as the Polish Center at our Wedding) and a certificate. The desserts also had a congratulatory message.
We walked to some of the counties and enjoyed the end of the Canadian Band "Off Kilter" Then listened to the first few songs of "The British Invasion" in the English Garden area and passed through Morocco and France and then listened to the Matsuriza in Japan. They said this art form - "Taiko drumming shows the spirit of the Japanese people and reflects the essence of their soul."
We toured the rock gardens, the koi-filled pools and the stream with the Japanese Deer Chaser. It's a simple contraption where the bamboo tube fills with water till the weight makes it see-saw up and the water pours back out. It see-saws back down and hits a rock making a loud hollow "Tonk." The sound scares away the deer to keep them from eating the plants. In the stores, we brought some beautiful chopsticks that will go with our sushi plates back home.
We refreshed ourselves with some shaved ice and watched Captain Fantastic (Elton John music) in the America Gardens Theatre. Part of the "Sounds Like Summer" concert series at Epcot.
We headed back to Japan to save our positions on the second floor of the pavilion to view IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. This is a great viewing spot.
We got our extra magic hours bracelets at the International Gateway. We did the new Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros in Mexico. This updated ride was a much needed improvement. The Maelstrom was closed in Norway so we headed over Mission: SPACE. Kelli rested while I did the Orange ticket. I love the G-forces while blasting off from earth. I met Kelli outside where she had met a family from Yonkers! The dad was riding Mission: SPACE as well. It's a Small world after all. This rest gave both of us a second wind. So we did Journey into Imagination with Figment. The interactive area after the ride was empty. The Kodak guy took a picture of us with his giant digital camera and gave us a free print. We also sent an e-mail with photo with our ears on to family back home.
Friday, August 3
Slept late, 9:15! – Yeah! We needed the rest. We took it easy for the day. After Breakfast we picked up our Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue tickets at the concierge in the lobby and checked out the old type toilets in the restroom off the Riverside Mill.
We waited for the first boat at 11 AM to Downtown Disney. Our captain asked trivia questions on the way down, such as who are Daisy Duck’s nieces - April, May and June; Donald Duck’s middle name - Fauntleroy; Minnie Mouse’s niece - Molly; Donald's sister – Dumbella.
Did lots of shopping and took lots of photographs. We stopped in Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop for our free chocolate and had lunch there which consisted of two hot fudge sundaes. I chose the milk chocolate topping while Kelli had the dark chocolate topping. YUM.
We got back to our room but it wasn’t cleaned. We decided to put in a wash and relaxed at the pool next to the laundry and to give mousekeeping time to do our room. Kelli spots an adult Bald Eagle flying overhead. It disappeared behind some trees and I missed it. A minute later it came back and we pointed it out to everyone at the pool. We needed a rest before dinner, but our room still wasn’t cleaned, so up went the “do not disturb” sign so we missed maid service for the second straight day.
Left at 3:25 PM to make it over to Fort Wilderness for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. We took bus to Magic Kingdom, then a boat to the resort and saw a Brown Pelican on the lake. As usual they tell you to get there early so they can take pictures. It was too hot so we passed on the pictures and stayed in the shade near the rest rooms which were air conditioned. The revue was a good lively, corny show with lots of food. Bud Light was included so three of them made the show funnier for me. The fried chicken was very moist. The ribs were OK but not good enough to order more. The potatoes and the baked beans were very good.
The newlyweds and anniversary couples were highlighted and then asked to dance to “Let Me Call You Sweet Heart” We were the best dancers! Dessert was Strawberry Shortcake.
We took the boat back to the Magic Kingdom. We sat through the Hall of Presidents which we haven’t seen in years. I noticed that all the presidents turn their heads to the president that was being announced.
With a little less than an hour till the "SpectroMagic" Parade, we looked for a good viewing location. We found a great spot, although we had to wait 45 minutes before it started and needed to sit/kneel for the parade. While waiting I went to get a Dolewhip, a pineapple ice-cream concoction I had heard so much about. It was good, especially if you like pineapple. Kelli made friends with a family from Mexico. The lady even gave Kelli a back rub and offered me something to kneel on. We were in front of the castle where the parade goes ¾ away around the circle then turns toward Liberty Square. We had the parade come towards us then turn right in front of us so we could see the front and full sides of the floats without turning our heads. The castle was also in the background.
Later back at Port Orleans we had our usual chocolate cake snack before heading to our room.
Saturday, August 4
Ate breakfast quickly then off to Blizzard Beach by car. They open one hour earlier for resort guest and we took advantage of it. Mike road a couple of big slides then we both enjoyed an empty Cross Country Creek. We went around twice, enduring the cold waterfalls in the cave under Summit Plummet.
We did Melt-Away Bay, but the bobbing waves mixed with some floats made it hard to enjoy. The park was getting crowded with still more people streaming in. We left and split a Roast Beef and Blue Cheese on Ciabatta for lunch with what else! - chocolate cake. Surprisingly our room was made and to make up for no service the last two days mousekeeping left us a towel bunny.
After avoiding the heat of the day we headed back out to Epcot, using the car, for dinner at Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco. MO’ROCKIN was playing out side. After taking some video of the belly dancer outside, we enjoyed (at least Michael did) another belly dancer inside.
We ordered two drinks, one was a Marrakesh Express - Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, topped with dark rum. The other was I think a Sahara Splash - vodka, cranberry juice, midori, and a splash of soda.
The food was good and very different but doesn’t top our list of the best we ate in Disney.
We made our way back to the car and returned to our room to get our fan/water sprayer (it’s hot!). Then to MGM studios to Fantasmic! We brought our canoe seats since the stadium only has benches with no back support. This made waiting for and enjoying the show much more comfortable. While waiting we filled out some postcards. The crowd really got into doing the wave back and forth. Since we were early we got great seats, center stage and close up. This made the show even more enjoyable than previous. You get to see more details in the dark.
Again, late night snacks of chocolate cake.
Sunday, August 5
Got to Animal Kingdom to see the opening show, a first for both of us! We headed away from most of the crowd and did the Kilimanjaro Safaris, small wait but growing fast!
Not as many animals out as our trip in 2006, but still enjoyable and bumpy.
headed to the other end of the park to get in line for Finding Nemo - The
Musical. We heard this fills up fast so we wanted to get to the show
early; 10:15 for the 11:30 show. We were 15th and 16th
on line. They moved the line up twice before letting us in at 11:05. We
got great seats, center stage right next to the walkway that comes out
from the stage, 5th row. Some of the show was performed right
next to us. We both raved about the Show!
Shopped on the way out then had lunch at the food court. Then rested in our room – this time mousekeeping left us a towel bunny on the faucet!
Had a wonderful dinner at Garden Grill in the Land Pavilion in Epcot. The restaurant rotates above the scenery for the Living with the Land ride below us. This was our third character dinner and we were visited by Chip & Dale, Pluto, and Mickey. The characters interacted with us nicely which lead to some great photos.
All the food was delicious and included Flank Steak with Mushroom Cabernet au Jus; Rotisserie Turkey with Cranberry Relish. The Fried Catfish and Homestyle Potato Casserole were outstanding. The Very Berry Puff Pastry (pictured below) was our 2nd best dessert of the trip. We were offered another piece and were very tempted, but we were too full and declined.
We shopped in the Seas pavilion then went back to our room. We were too tired to head back out so we watched Tom Glavin win his 300th game on TV.
Monday, August 6
After breakfast we headed to MK by bus for our last full day. The bus driver gave us trivia about the bus system and Walt Disney Word such as there are 270-280 buses and 57,000 people word here.
We got to the park entrance to see the opening ceremonies with the characters coming in on the train - another first for both of us. The park again was empty. They had extra magic hours the night before till 3AM!
So we were able to go on Magic Carpets of Aladdin twice! Then onto Jungle Cruise with little wait, then onto Snow White’s Scary Adventure and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The park was still empty so for the first time in our lives we able to ride the classic Dumbo The Flying Elephant.
We headed over to Mickey’s Toontown Fair and walked through Minnie’s Country House and then Mickey’s Country House. The souvenir store was great and we bought a lot there. We decided to ride the Railroad back to the front of the park. We were enjoying this relaxing ride so much, that we decided to go completely around before getting off at the Main Street Station.
We were the only ones at the bus stop. A mallard with her nine chicks walk up to us. We fed them a few cheese-its. They were incredibly tame, fearless, and cute.
Back at the Riverside Mill food court we snacked on another chocolate cake and a cheese cake.
For dinner we headed by car to the Wilderness Lodge. We rubbed Humphrey’s Nose for good luck (the bear at the bottom of the Mickey totem pole) and viewed the grounds. Our last dinner was at Artist Point, one of the best restaurants on Disney property. It was fantastic.
Cost was $143 with tip.
After dinner we drove to Downtown Disney and caught the first show at the Comedy Warehouse. We sat next to the phone on the fourth level. The show starts with a performer talking to an audience member and then the troupe makes up a song about their lives. We just missed it when the phone one level down rang. The wife picked it up. She was there with her husband and friend, both retired but being sent to Iraq to fly Chinook helicopters. The song consisted of jokes about old geezers and granddads being sent to Iraq and them flying a vehicle named after a fish. The whole show was funny. The last bit was where one of the cast members had to guess at an obscure saying by observing skits put on by the other cast members. A guy from the back mumbled back, but the audience couldn’t understand a word of it. The performer said don’t worry - I understand southern :-) The saying was “Don’t get smart - Nobody will recognize you.” The cast member eventually guessed the saying.After the show we visited the Magic Masters Store, saw some tricks demonstrated, and I brought a new card trick. We looked into the Adventures Club but nothing was happening so we left to finish packing.
Pan-seared Scallops with Fire-roasted Corn, Fava Beans, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and Corn Nectar
Smoky Portobello Soup with roasted Shiitakes and Chive Oil
Cherry Napoleon with raspberry sorbet
Coffee Two Ways: Mochaccino Bread Pudding and Vanilla Latte Creme Brulee
Tuesday, August 7
We had breakfast at Boatwrights – Port Orlean’s sit down restaurant. The selection was limited but good. We prefer the Riverside Mills Food Court for breakfast. We didn’t feel like putting up with the heat anymore, it will reach 97 with 80 % humidity today, so we decided against visiting a park one last time. We did just about everything we wanted to do.
We took the car to Downtown Disney for some last minute shopping. I picked up some Jessica Rabbit briefs. (She’s not bad- she’s just drawn that way.) The Lego store now has a vacationing family made out of legos. The snoring guy on the bench is gone. We looked into going to a movie but they started after one. We ended going to the airport a little early. It was so nice not to have to rush through everything. Since we did more shopping then expected we had to cram our suitcases. I was worried we would go over the 50lb max on the large suitcases and end up paying $50 each. But we squeaked by, one was 49 lbs and the other 51 but they let it slide.
We ate lunch there, McDonalds for her, Chinese for me. Advice: Don’t get Chinese food in Florida.
We get to the gate and see our plane already there. Weather is fine, we look good to go. 5 minutes before we start to board they announce that this may not be our plane! Huh? A previous flight to Chicago had mechanical trouble and the people were waiting over two hours. Airtrans ended up giving our plane to them and cancelling our flight (should have tried for an earlier flight).
They re-booked most of us through Atlanta with a short 24 minute layover. That ended up at only 10 minutes since the first leg was late. We literally walked off one plane, down the terminal and right onto the next. I didn’t think our luggage would make it – but it did. Unfortunately Kelli and I did not have seats together on this second leg, but she held up ok. Instead of getting in at 6:30 we got to Westchester County Airport at 9:15 PM.Overall a fantastic honeymoon trip. We both gained about 4 lbs.
Michael and Kelli
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